Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and extends his lead in season Box-Toppers player rankings.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2016 season as of May 29:
|1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||14.0|
|2||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||9.0|
|3||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||8.7|
|4||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||8.7|
|5||Machado, Manny 3087||ss 3b||bal al||8.7|
|6||Fernandez, Jose 3147||pi sp||fla nl||8.7|
|7||Matz, Steven 3516||pi sp||nym nl||8.7|
|8||Hill, Rich 2215||pi sp||oak al||8.4|
|9||Syndergaard, Noah 3472||pi sp||nym nl||7.0|
|10||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||6.4|
Also Sunday, Athletics pitcher Rich Hill maintained his rank of eighth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.
Player of the Day—Kershaw struck out 10 over 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits, in the 4-2 win over the Mets. Kershaw picked up a no decision and did not earn the win because the Mets tied the game after he exited.
Kershaw earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 14.0 for the season. He holds a dominating lead in player rankings, 5.0 points ahead of second-place player, Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto (9.0).
Kershaw also has 173.3 career Box-Toppers points, seventh among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails sixth-ranked player, Albert Pujols of the Angels (176.3).
American League Player of the Day—Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco struck out seven over six innings, allowing two runs and three hits, in the 5-4 win over the Mariners.
National League Batter of the Day—Wilson Ramos of the Nationals homered and went 3-for-3, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 10-2 win over the Cardinals.
American League Batter of the Day—Carlos Correa of the Astros hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the 13th inning in the 8-6 win over the Angels.
Rankings—Athletics pitcher Rich Hill maintained his rank of eighth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday.
Hill (6.1IP 5H 2R 9K W in the 4-2 win over the Tigers) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 8.4 for the season. He ranks second among AL pitchers, behind Chris Sale of the White Sox (8.7).
Streak—Hunter Pence of the Giants has now earned Box-Toppers points in 10 straight seasons after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday.
Pence (3-2B 3-5 2R 3BI in the 8-3 win over the Rockies) earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2007 with the Astros and has 49.7 career points, 10th among active NL outfielders. His best season was 2008 with the Astros, when he had 8.2 Box-Toppers points, seventh among NL outfielders. In 2015, Pence had 2.0 Box-Toppers points with the Giants.
Notable—Cubs pitcher John Lackey rises to 46th place in Box-Toppers points among all players since 1995 after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday.
Lackey (7IP 4H R 6K W in the 7-2 win over the Phillies) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 113.5 for his career. Since Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995, Lackey now ranks 46th and with his point Sunday, he passes four players on Box-Toppers’ “all-time” list—Kevin Brown (112.8), Sammy Sosa (113.2), Dan Haren (113.2) and Chris Carpenter (113.3). Lackey now trails 45th-ranked player Josh Beckett (114.9). Lackey has 5.7 Box-Toppers points for the season, 11th among NL pitchers.
Scoring—Kershaw earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Nolasco earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Ramos and Correa each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Sunday’s other Players of the Game (listed in the chart below) earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point.
About Box-Toppers—Box-Toppers tracks who most helps their team win the most games. Using standard box score statistics, Box-Toppers uses a simple formula to determine a Player of the Game for each Major League Baseball game played. That player is the person who contributed most to his team’s win. In regular season games, players earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being named Player of the Game and can earn bonus points for being Player of the Day or top player or batter in their league for the day.
Top player from each game
Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score
|5/29||Score||Game||Player of Game||AB||R||H||BI||IP||H||R||ER||BB||K|
|MLB||9.2||`LAD 4/NYM 2||Clayton Kershaw||-||-||-||-||7.2||4||2||2||0||10|
|BAT||6.0||DC 10/STL 2||Wilson Ramos, C||3||2||3||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|5.1||ARI 6/SD 3||Archie Bradley (W,2-0)||-||-||-||-||7.1||4||3||3||1||9|
|5.0||MIA 7/ATL 3||Derek Dietrich, 2B||3||1||3||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|AL||5.0||MIN 5/SEA 4||Ricky Nolasco (W,2-3)||-||-||-||-||6.0||3||2||2||1||7|
|4.0||MIL 5/CIN 4||Jonathan Villar, SS||2||3||2||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|BAT||4.0||HOU 8/LAA 6||Carlos Correa, SS||1||1||1||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.1||OAK 4/DET 2||Rich Hill (W,8-3)||-||-||-||-||6.1||5||2||2||3||9|
|3.0||SF 8/COL 3||Hunter Pence, RF||5||2||3||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||CHC 7/PHI 2||John Lackey (W,5-2)||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||1||1||4||6|
|3.0||NYY 2/TB 1||Nathan Eovaldi (W,6-2)||-||-||-||-||6.0||6||1||1||2||7|
|3.0||BOS 5/TOR 3||Koji Uehara (S,1)||-||-||-||-||1||0||0||0||0||2|
|2.0||KC 5/CHW 4||Lorenzo Cain, CF||4||2||2||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||`BAL 6/CLE 4||Darren O'Day||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||1||2|
|1.0||TEX 6/PIT 2||Mitch Moreland, 1B||4||1||1||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|
Box-Toppers point totals of the day’s top playersHere are Box-Toppers point totals of each of the Players of the Game. Players are ranked by their Box-Toppers point total for the current season (16). Also shown are each players’ Box-Toppers point total for this season and last (15-16), the period 2011-2016 (11-16) and each players’ career point total. Also shown is how their 2016 Box-Toppers point total compares with their 2015 total (+/-).
|Player of Game||Pos||Team||16||15-16||11-16||Career||+/-|
|Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||14.0||39.7||139.8||173.3||-11.7|
|Hill, Rich 2215||pi sp||oak al||8.4||12.4||12.4||32.1||4.4|
|Lackey, John 1640||pi sp||chi nl||5.7||15.4||35.1||113.5||-4.0|
|Eovaldi, Nathan 2928||pi sp||nyy al||5.7||7.7||24.8||24.8||3.7|
|Cain, Lorenzo 3171||cf||kc al||4.0||12.2||18.2||18.2||-4.2|
|Nolasco, Ricky 2125||pi sp||min al||3.7||5.7||26.4||79.5||1.7|
|Correa, Carlos 3506||ss||hou al||2.5||9.7||9.7||9.7||-4.7|
|Uehara, Koji 2802||pi mr cp||bos al||2.0||7.0||24.0||28.0||-3.0|
|O’Day, Darren 2577||pi mr||bal al||2.0||3.7||11.7||12.7||0.3|
|Ramos, Wilson 2904||ca||dc nl||1.5||2.5||16.0||16.0||0.5|
|Moreland, Mitch 2799||1b||tex al||1.0||7.2||15.2||16.2||-5.2|
|Pence, Hunter 2287||rf||sf nl||1.0||3.0||22.0||49.7||-1.0|
|Dietrich, Derek 3199||2b||fla nl||1.0||2.0||4.0||4.0||0.0|
|Bradley, Archie 3438||pi sp||ari nl||1.0||2.0||2.0||2.0||0.0|
|Villar, Jonathan 3233||ss||mil nl||1.0||1.0||3.0||3.0||1.0|